Will the government cover funeral expenses for a workplace-related death?

Published 14 Sep 2016

Anytime a loved one passes away, the period following can be stressful and emotionally for those involved. Many issues come up for the families and loved ones of the deceased. Claiming accidental death insurance is something that requires guidance.

Covering funeral costs, for instance is one other such issue that often arises for the people involved,

What am I entitled to from the government if a loved one dies from a workplace injury?

The date of the incident impacts the compensation afforded to cover funeral costs, according to the NSW government ‘s WorkCover. Dependents on the estate, of a worker who passed on or after 24 October 2007 as a result of a workplace injury that happened on or after 30 June 1987 are entitled to receive:

  • A lump sum
  • Weekly payments for each dependent child
  • Reasonable funeral expenses.

In cases where the worker died before 24 October 2007, due to a workplace injury that occurred on or after 30 June 1987, their dependents are entitled to

  • The lump sum payment applicable at the date of death
  • Weekly payments to any children who were dependent on the worker.
  • Reasonable funeral expenses.

What if the injury occurred before then?

Should a worker pass from the results of an injury or injuries that occurred before 30 June 1987, their families are still entitled to some benefits. They are

  • A lump sum
  • Weekly payments for any dependent children.

Who can I speak to for more information about death benefit claims?

At Gerard Malouf and Partners, our team has a proven track record of over 29 years of fighting for our clients. We have an experienced and hard-working team of lawyers who show as much compassion as they do commitment when handling such sensitive cases.

If you are unhappy with any decision made about an accidental death insurance claim, get in touch with our team today. With over $100 million won for clients, through insurance and accidental death insurance claims, you can rest assured that we will fight for you until the very end, delivering the very best result. To prove this, we work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning we will only charge you a fee if your claim is successful.

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